Gotta admit, this episode definitely kept me on my toes in more ways that one.
As I suspected with the opening, it’s changing every episode with Nike in a different outfit, and adding more characters as they’re introduced. Today, we got introduced to two characters – one minor (whom I want to clobber over the head – sexist pig) and the likely Big Bad for the season.
The episode starts off with an opening scene with Nike getting ready for her supposed engagement to Livius. He seems to be becoming a bit more of a likeable person in our heroine’s eyes, as she was quite flattered by his compliments this episode, including a nice ‘you look good in anything’ line from him (smooth, Sun King).
The three old perverts (quite literally) have a discussion with our shota king about the preparations for the ‘presentation’, and thus, the engagement of the two. Moving kinda fast, aren’t they? That’d have to be my only complaint thus far with the series is that it’s going a bit too fast for my taste as far as romance plot goes. It doesn’t feel as realistic as other shows I’ve watched (SHUFFLE! is one that comes to mind, as well as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, both of which I recommend rather highly) but then I suppose with a 1 cour show, it’s to be expected that they’d rush things. It’s a damned shame, really.
Dinner time yields a cute scene with the cook and the pompous ass decorator, before calling Nike to the office to find out the engagement has been called off due to the church. We find out that weddings among the royal family must have the church and the Sun Deity’s approval before they go ahead, and as such, has been rejected to to blatant racism (basically). Nike being of an ‘ethnic’ group means she is disqualified as becoming the queen of the country.
Gotta admit, Livius scores brownie points for this line:
To gain the church’s approval, Nike must undergo a ritual, the Rite of Illumination. However, in doing so would prove the church right in refusing to permit the wedding. Kinda bullshit reasoning, but then, they’re pretty pissed off with Livius, whom we soon find out is of mixed blood himself. Nike takes a trip to the temple to meet with the Big Bad, Rani Aristes, the head priest who has orchestrated the refusal of the wedding plans. He believes Nike is an ill omen for bringing rain to the Sun countryand that Shiela – Livius’ mother – being from a ethnic nation herself, disqualifies him from kingship, which pretty much reveals that he is the one they really hate.
Don’t blame Nike from wanting to kick his ass. You go girl.
The maid takes Nike out of the church to calm down a bit, and they visit the orphanage, which is full of refugees and those of different races. It turns out that since Livius took power, he had made life better for them, and even gone so far as to visit them and look at the flowers (that apparently remind him of Nike).
In true badass fashion, Nike insists on taking the Rite of Illumination. Livius gives her his mother’s ring for protection, and she is set to collect the Sun Deity’s ring. She makes it to the temple, but lo and behold, its a trap!
This episode leaves on a cliffhanger, and I have to admit, I think this is a series I will be following till the end. While there are issues with the overall pacing and character development, I am enjoying this show for its quirks and some of the characters amuse me.
And hey, a badass princess is never a bad thing to me. 🙂
The score for me stays at 3 out of 5~